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La Ruta Japonesa, also known as La Aguja, is a fun 3 pitch mixed climb that starts with easy climbing with bolt protection for the first pitch and then a walking traverse second pitch before a traditional climb third pitch to the summit. The summit is equipped with anchors to allow rappelling down after the ascent. It took 3 days at the high altitude tower La Aguja” (The Needle) to rebolt the original route that was set by a Japanese man (hence the name). The rebolt team of Jorge Fuentes, Annuar Hassan, El Flaco, and Eduardo Baldioceda also put up Positive Way during their time on the mountain

Ethic: inherited from Chirripo
Respect the land owners.
They are kind enough to let you use their property for your enjoyment.
Respect other climbers.
Climbing is a community sport where the only opponent is the cruel crux that sends you airborne.
Respect the environment.
Above all, respect the environment. The plants, the earth and the rock itself were here long before you came into existence and will continue to exist long after you are gone. Sustain its survival by treating it properly.
  • Pick up trash, even if it is not your own. Take at least one piece out on every trip.

  • Do not kill flora or fauna, no matter how small or large.

  • Live and climb as though you are organic with your environment.

Route History:

There is no known route history.


Located in Chirripo approx:
Lat/Long: 9.472144,-83.483568

Route Grade Citations

5.8 Community registered grade
5.8 Dustin Johnston-Jewell

Route quality

Route quality

Lead Styles

Lead styles pie chart

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Check out what is happening on La Ruta Japonesa (note there is an unresolved system issue where ascents logged before 2010 are not displayed in the stream below). If you just want to see beta then click on view ascents with beta.